Erratic behaviour when browsing files and folders

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on January 5, 2008



Once it occurred to me that I was clicking certain file icon with mouse and a lot of other icons ware also getting selected. I opened “my computer” and clicked on certain item and all were getting selected together (strange!). When I opened certain folder, lots of folders opened in new windows.

I was confused as what was happening. I had no idea was that some software problem or a virus has infected? There was totally erratic behaviour when I was using the mouse and keyboard.

The suspense was getting deeper now,  soon I realized what the trouble was. Guess what ?


It was a small silly control key on my keyboard had stuck. It causes all the icons I clicked to get selected and whenever I double click on any on them, all got opened in new windows as control key was permanently pressed.


Next time some when such erratic things happen, check the shift and control keys that they are not stuck in pressed position. This behaviour can also happen due to faulty keyboard keys.

Lets see what to do in such a situation and how to avoid such trouble.

  • Keep the keyboard clean of any dust which makes the keys sticky and jammed.
  • Clean the keyboard once in a while with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Replace the keyboard if the keys are gone really bad and sticky.

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Wendy Beaudoin January 22, 2008 at 8:48 pm


I had the same problem. It got worse over a few weeks time. It got so bad that I couldn’t even type more than 1 letter without moving the pointer back to “right after the letter”. A thousand little windows popping up over and over in minutes. Opening files on its own, asking me if I wanted to delete them, etc etc. I took my laptop computer twice to the place where I bought it, and had it totally cleaned up and checked over. A new spyware program was added (Microsoft Windows Definder). I already had Norton for viruses. I think they fiddled with it a bit and when it ran good, they’d shut it down. But it was always after it warmed up for a few minutes, that it when NUTS. I paid about $200 for nothing and finally decided to play around on my own. I went to the control panel, clicked on MOUSE, then clicked the DEVICE SETTINGS tab, then clicked DISABLE. And as unbelievable as it sounds, the problem vanished. I can no longer use the laptop mouse touch pad. I plugged in a small portable mouse and VOILA … problem solved. It is a small price to pay (to have to use a MOUSE) but soooooooo worth it. I imagine if I had taken it back to the computer store and asked them to repair or replace the “touch pad”, that would have solved the problem but I had already spent way too much money on a 3 year old laptop. This may not solve your problems … but it is certainly worth trying. Good luck.


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